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Vilissa Thompson, LMSW

Vilissa Thompson, LMSW

Founder & CEO • Disability Rights Consultant, Writer, & Advocate • Life Coach • Motivational Speaker

Ramp Your Voice!

Columbia, SC

Founder & CEO of Ramp Your Voice!, an organization focused on promoting self-advocacy and strengthening empowerment among people with disabilities. Being a Disability Rights Consultant & Advocate affords me the opportunity to become a prominent leader and expert in addressing and educating the public and political figures...

"Be the change."

Self-advocacy for people with disabilities. • Speaking publicly about personal life experiences with the hope of inspiring others to achieve their goals. • Writing grants for organizations that serve people with disabilities. • Becoming a freelance advocacy writer. The purpose of my articles are to empower, raise awareness, ...

Being in politics, either as a U.S. Senator and/or playing a major role in the Democratic party. • Being in such positions would afford me the opportunity to advocate on a broader scale, as well as introduce more effective policies that will positively impact the lives of people with disabilities in America.
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Ramp Your Voice!

Founder & CEO • Disability Rights Consultant, Writer, & Advocate • Life Coach • Motivational Speaker

Founder & CEO of Ramp Your Voice!, an organization focused on promoting self-advocacy and strengthening empowerment among people with disabilities.
• Establishes self as a Disability Rights Consultant & Advocate, with the intention of gaining recognition as an expert and leader in addressing and educating the public and political figures about the plight of people with disabilities, especially women of color with disabilities.
• Discusses the need for inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society, and the importance for more diversity within the subgroup (i.e., people of color with disabilities having a more visible presence within the disability realm).
• Educates employers and helping professionals about disability rights, and how it is their duty to abide local, state, and federal legislation.
• Promotes empowerment for women with disabilities, especially women of color with disabilities, as well as self-advocacy among people with disabilities.


Fairfield County Democratic Party

Secretary • Website Content Manager

Keeps all records of the precinct committee.
• Issues all meeting notices within the timeframe outlined in the Plan of Organization.
• Updates the FCDP's website to inform residents of upcoming events and scheduled monthly public meetings.
• Provides assistance to the County Party Treasurer in fundraising efforts.
• Prepares and files reports as may be required by law and/or by the County Executive Committee.
• Presides at precinct meetings in the absence of the Chair and Vice Chair.

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The Arc of South Carolina

Board Member

Attends all board and committee meetings, and functions, such as special events.
• Extensively informed about the organization's mission, services, policies, and programs.
• Serves on task forces and offers to take on special assignments.
• Informs others about the mission, services/programs, and advocacy efforts of the organization.
• Suggests possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization.
• Keeps up-to-date on developments in the organization's field (intellectual/developmental disabilities and disability rights).
• Follows conflict-of-interest and confidentiality policies.
• Assists in carrying out the Board's fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization's annual financial statements.


Organizing For America (OFA)

OFA South Carolina Fellow & Regional Trip Coordinator Lead

Contacted individuals who have expressed interest in volunteering for upcoming events associated with the Presidential campaign.
• Collected additional information from confirmed volunteers for upcoming events; such as transportation needs, shifts they were willing to work, etc.
• Assisted in pairing volunteers who had transportation needs with volunteers who were willing to provide rides to those needing transportation to scheduled events.
• Conducted confirmation calls before events to ensure that those who had signed up for particular events still planned to attend and participate.
• Conducted follow-up calls after an event to thank volunteers for their attendance and participation, as well as gathered event feedback that allowed volunteers to address any issues/concerns they may have had.
• Used social networks to help amplify the campaign's message and discussed the work that those affiliated with the campaign engaged in.
• Planned and executed events with other campaign staff, OFA fellows, and volunteers within the community.

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Winthrop's MSW Student Association (WMSA)


Provided professional information to MSW students by planning, organizing, and hosting programs concerning imperative issues within the social work profession.
• Acted as a liaison between students and faculty within the Social Work Department and the Winthrop community.
• Provided MSW students with a social venue that promote networking opportunities.


Center for Social Welfare Research & Assessment (CSWRA)

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Assisted Department of Social Work in organizing annual conference for Community Long-Term Care (CLTC) professionals in the state of South Carolina; served as session coordinator and conference volunteer.
• Conducted program evaluation surveys for SC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
• Assessed clients’ experience and satisfaction with Medicaid-funded home and community based service program Community Long-Term Care (CLTC).
• Researched exemplary programs across the United States that provide caregiver support.

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Fresenius Medical Care

Master's Level Social Work Intern

Provided psychosocial services to clients treated by the facility utilizing Social Work Theory of Human Behavior and accepted methods of social work practice.
• Assessed clients' knowledge of kidney disease for barriers that may affect adherence to treatment.
• Completed intake of new and transient clients and developed care plans; reviewed clients progress at 90 and 365 day intervals.
• Worked with clients, families, and health care team to provide education tailored to the clients' learning style and needs.
• Developed a resource booklet for clients to bring awareness about resources/services available in Rock Hill and surrounding areas.
• Worked with the health care team to promote positive adjustment, rehabilitation, and improved quality of life for clients.
• In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, informed, trained and supported staff in understanding the emotional, psychological, and behavioral impact of Chronic Kidney Disease on the clients' and families to ensure comprehensive quality care of clients.
• Advocated for clients by creating "Improving Clients' Quality of Life" educational curriculum for medical professionals.


Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center

Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteer

Assisted Hospice and Palliative Care social worker in organizing donated items for the veterans on the unit and completed simple administrative duties.
• Provided support to veterans by performing a variety of tasks: read the newspaper, visited patients on the unit, and listened to veterans and their families discuss their health statuses.

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Catawba Care

Master's Level Social Work Intern

Developed a Health Promotion Curriculum to be used to educate clients and/or families about HIV/AIDS, treatment issues, other health issues, medication adherence, STIs, and information to help promote positive healthy choices.
• Completed psychosocial assessments with clients to identity clients' needs.
• Developed action plans addressing identified clients' needs.
• Linked clients with referrals to appropriate community services.
• Discussed the importance of medication adherence with clients.
• Encouraged family support and involvement with clients.
• Advocated for clients' psychosocial needs in interdisciplinary team meetings.


Winthrop University

Bachelor's of Arts, Psychology

Winthrop University

Master's, Master in Social Work